PoOPlists

John Greak Poop 01

It’s January 31,2002 as I write this and reflecting upon the year past, I think it’s safe to say that 2001 didn’t exactly go as planned. Between planes flying into buildings, anthrax, and the revitalization of that god damn Lee Greenwood song, there were enough disasters to last a lifetime. Thankfully, there was enough good music being released to get me through those dark days I spent fretting over the whereabouts of Dick Chaney. By the way, have we found…


Micheal Fix Poop 01

Fix’s Favorites of 2001 1. Wilco — – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 2. Divine Comedy — – Regeneration (Alphabetical) • BRMC — – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club • Bjork — – Vespertine • Cannibal Ox — – The Cold Vein • Fugazi — – The Argument • Ocean Colour Scene — – Mechanical Wonder • Jim O’Rourke — – Insignificance • Pernice Brothers — – The World Won’t End • Radiohead — Amnesiac And finally, can’t we please stop yapping about…


Bob Fino Poop 01

1. Bob Dylan – Love & Theft 2001 was a great year for new music but this record is on a much higher level. That Dylan and his band were able to create this music in a couple of weeks is amazing! I can’t believe how great the playing is on this record. The lyrics within each song lead the listener through so many different moods and settings. The vocals are spellbinding. The I distance between Dylan and everyone else…


Eric Fine Poop 01

AS my wonderful girifriend likes to say, life exists in pairs of mutually dependent opposites, observed by the Japanese as ying vs. yang. You can’t have the concept of night without day, love without hate, happiness without sadness, or good without evil. In other words, opposites attract, well, I saw music along those lines this year. Not that every album had a ying to its yang, but I did feel like each record had a sister album, one that should…


Jim Finnigan Poop 01

TONIGHT LET’S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON AS IF IT WERE THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND AND ONE.’ – ALLEN GINSBERG. 1967 Well, did’ja? Did any of the predictions for 2001 come true? Other than my prediction from last year’s PoOp that ‘It’ll all end in tears’ and that Bush would have us all in concentration camps, et cetera. Life has resumed, PoOp is back in bloom, and the horrors of Sept. 11 are behind us now. Are they? At first…


Kevin Ferris Poop 01

The best thing I heard during 2001 was that many record companies were going to lower CD prices in order to compete with Napster and other similar music sharing websites. The best music I heard is listed below. The following is not in any particular order. Pete Yorn: Music for the morning after – A really nice record from beginning to end. Coldplay: Parachutes – – A good record (and they are better live). This may have been released at…



Duncan Clark Poop 01

1. RYAN ADAMS – Gold: Last year I was complaining that his first solo album was under-produced and that he needed a good band. He found one. Its difficult not to over state how good this album is and how much progress he’s made in the last couple of years- compare this album to his last album with Whiskeytown which also saw the light of day this year. Clearly the best album of the year. 2. GILLIAN WELCH – Time…


Paul Cangelosi Poop 01

Le Tigre – Feminist Sweepstakes (Mr. Lady): – The true lesbian in me is coming out! Unlike their previous EP which only had a couple decent tracks, this release is a complete success from beginning to end. As experimental as their debut, but more rockin’. Plenty of guitars mixed with samples. Lyrically covering the political and still showing a fun side. There is a whole lotta shaking going on! Rival Schools – United By Fate (Island): – Being a fan…


Kent B Poop 01

Best New Stuff of the Year – with random comments 1. Proximo Estacion: Esperanza – Manu Chao. Some might dismiss this as a novelty record where silly sound affects, childlike voices and melodies intertwine in a multitude of dialects. But listen closer. The melodies have the irrepressible quality of nursery rhymes that you can’t get out of your head. There are some incredible horns floating faintly in the background. One song has a mother lovingly talking to her child in…


Ken Beck Poop 01

Graduating Class – 2001 Pernice Brothers – – The World Won’t End (Ashmont Records) “Most likely to make Big Star & Alex Chilton drop a load in their pants” The New Pornographers – – – Mass Romantic (Mint Records) “Most likely to squelch any further Canadian jokes.” Ted Leo/Pharmacists – – – The Tyranny of Distance (Lookout Records) “Most likely to end up in intensive care for severe tendon damage.” Fugu – – – Fugu 1 (Minty Fresh Records) “Most…


Richard Allen Poop 01

Albums Bjork: – Vespertine This consistently gorgeous, lyrically relevant, emotionally soothing opus is a gift from one of the music industry’s true treasures. In every song, we can hear her struggling, stretching and striving for strings of hope, and holding on with all her might An icicle album from the Icelander, to be cherished year-round. David Visan: – Chill Out in Paris This Buddha Bar collection is a balm for the spirit, flawlessly mixed and inspirational in vision. A global…


Main Poop Analysis 2001

Dear POOPster: You’ve got POOP. The Fifteenth Annual POmpous and OPinionated List is now official and in your hands. As acknowledged in many of this year’s responses, this was not your average year and the pursuit of music has never seemed as trivial as it did during the second half of 2001. Perhaps our annual celebration of good music is a bit muted this year but it does get us one step closer to remembering what life was like on…


Main Poop Analysis 2002

February 2003 Dear POOPster: : You’ve got POOP. The Sixteenth Annual POmpous and OPinionated List is now official and in your sweaty hands. You may notice that it’s a bit lighter this year than last due to only 27 cranky-ass, self-righteous, self-important, musically correct, pontificating blowhards having submitted lists. But when it comes to swill it’s the quality, not the quantity, that counts. That we’ve got. As usual, I’ve attempted to tabulate the entries and, as is customary, I’ve employed…


Main Poop Analysis 2003

February 2004 Dear POOPster: No weapons of mass destruction here either but at least we’ve got POOP. The Seventeenth Annual POmpous and OPinionated List is here. This year 30 cranky-ass, self-righteous, musically correct blowhards have blessed us with the usual self-important pontificating. We even picked up some new meat to spice up the pot. So let’s hoist up the “Mission Accomplished” banner and get down to business. As usual, I’ve attempted to tabulate the entries and, as is customary, I’ve…


Main Poop Analysis 2004

February 2005 Dear POOPster, POOP’s  here. The Eighteenth Annual POmpous and OPinionated List, that is. It’s time to try to make some sense out of this past year, a year in which three defining moments seemed to defy any and all semblance of logic. Bush was elected president. The Red Sox won the World Series. And Bush was elected president. It was a year that introduced new nouns to the lexicon, like iPod (appearing on three lists) and Jesusland (mentioned…


Main Poop Analysis 2005

Dear POOPster: You’ve got POOP in your hands. The Nineteenth Annual POmpous and OPinionated List, that is. It’s hard to believe but when this whole POOPthing first started in 1987, we had a conservative Republican president surrounded by scandalous goings-on and Antonin Scalia from New Jersey had just been confirmed to a lifetime membership as one of The Supremes. It is indeed comforting to know that as America undergoes such sweeping change, POOP lumbers on. And lumber it has as…


Main Poop Analysis 2006

February 2007 Greetings Fellow POOPsters: POOP Happens. And we have reached a milestone, indeed. As POOP attains adulthood in its twentieth year, I think back to when the POOP package consisted of a pile of 7 or 8 lists crudely stapled together. That was a long time ago–before the spiral notebook editions, the stitched bindings, the plastic covers and digiPOOP. After two decades we have shown that as the world transforms itself, as crises continue to challenge us, as leaders…


Main Poop Analysis 2007

February 2008 Dear Comrades-In-POOP: Let there be POOP. And there was. And it was good. At age 21, POOP enters adulthood. After two decades of blather and bile, POOP seems to have taken on a life of its own. We’ve developed quite the tight community of music lovers who each year, with a little cajoling, faithfully bundle their favorites into cute little lists. It’s all very sweet. I feel like a proud papa (to quote one list). This year a…


Richard Allen Poop 07

Favorite Things ~ ALBUMS ‘07   Buy new or used through Amazon Arcade Fire ~ Neon Bible (Merge). Recorded and performed in churches, “Neon Bible” is, ironically, a heartfelt diatribe against the evils of organized religion. “Not much chance for survival,” sings Wim Butler, “if the neon Bible is right.” Yet beneath all the disappointment and anger flows a river of faith, apparent in the organ tones of “Intervention,” the prophetic imagery of “The Well and the Lighthouse” and the…